Jefferson County UT Extension Agent Steven Huff Wins Vernon and Ida Darter Award

Picture of Steven Huff with UTIA leaders

Pictured from left to right, Michael Buschermohle, UT Extension interim assistant dean; Steven Huff, UT Extension Jefferson County; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”​

Steven Huff, UT Extension agriculture agent for Jefferson County, is the winner of the Vernon and Ida Darter Award. The honor is named for the late Extension Dean Emeritus Vernon W. Darter and his wife, the late Ida Darter, and recognizes excellence among the ranks of associate Extension agents.

“It is an esteemed honor to receive the Vernon and Ida Darter Award,” Huff says. “Excellence in Extension is not accomplished by one person alone. I want to thank God for giving me the ability to teach and my family for the flexibility my schedule sometimes requires.”

Huff works with livestock, row crop and nursery farmers – everything from the MANAGE financial program to exploring the possibilities of hemp production. He has also worked with producers to utilize funds from Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Enhancement program. He’s also been involved with community economic development, soybean scouting schools, and was one of UTIA’s representatives at the Southern Cover Crop conference held recently at Auburn University. Away from work, Huff has served the past 17 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Sunnyside Fire Department.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Charles Denney, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-382-8058,

Steven Huff, UT Extension Jefferson County, 865-397-2969,